Vision and Goals

The Design for Excellence 2020 embraces this vision: Chesterfield County Public Schools will provide an engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The public schools are open to all Chesterfield County children, not just some of them. Providing computers for students within Chesterfield County Public Schools will ensure equitable access to educational resources. Students from economically disadvantaged families will not be left out of online opportunities or denied access to Internet resources.

Perhaps Bill Gates said it best when he stated, “We’re changing the world with technology.” Chesterfield County Public Schools is preparing students to succeed now and in the future, and technology must be part of that preparation. Here's how providing Chromebooks for students to use in class and at home will help achieve the three big goals of the Design for Excellence 2020 strategic plan:

Goal 1: All learners will acquire, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to solve meaningful problems and to achieve success as productive, thriving global citizens. Students will learn through active engagement, collaboration and exploration of personal interests, talents and ambitions across disciplines. Student learning and achievement will be measured and reported using clearly defined standards and performance assessments that measure student progress toward personalized learning goals.

Chromebooks will empower students to collaborate and communicate more effectively. Learning will take place anytime and anywhere. With easy access to their Google Drive, students can create, collaborate and share their work in real time while in the classroom or at home. Teachers and students can communicate more effectively through shared assignments. Misplaced homework will be a relic of the past because all materials are saved automatically and stored in one location accessible anywhere via the Internet. In addition, Edmodo can be easily accessed from Chromebooks. When students are connected to the Internet, they are provided with research and collaboration tools outside the walls of their classrooms. Learning will become more self-directed as students access the global resources at their fingertips. 

Goal 2: All learners will demonstrate the 21st-century learning and technology skills and knowledge that will prepare them for success in school, postsecondary education, work and life in a global society.

“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road,” according to writer Stewart Brand. By equipping students to become global learners, we
are also providing them with the tools necessary to succeed in a technologically advanced society. With anywhere and anytime access, Chromebooks will allow teachers to blend learning as they help students develop higher order and critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems. Mobile learning for each student will magnify the effects of project-based learning and will benefit students, their families and the entire community. 

Goal 3: Working in partnership with school and family, all learners will understand, model and embrace the important attitudes and attributes necessary to be responsible global citizens.

Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to developing responsible citizens who make a difference locally, within Virginia, across the country and throughout the world. Respect, responsibility, honesty and accountability are the school system's core values and the attributes necessary to become productive citizens. Part of being a responsible citizen is being a responsible digital citizen. According to www.digitalcitizenship.net, “Digital citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology.” To be prepared for college and the workforce, students must understand the responsibilities and behavioral expectations when using technology outside the four walls of the classroom.